Entry-Level Dental Hygienist Salary

An average Entry-Level Dental Hygienist can expect to take home roughly $30.21 per hour. Cash earnings for Entry-Level Dental Hygienists — including $3K in bonuses and $6K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $39K to $82K depending on individual performance. Location and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Entry-Level Dental Hygienists like their work and job satisfaction is high. About two in five receive medical and dental insurance and about a sixth get vision insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$29,488 - $69,786
(Median)
$29K
$49K
$70K
MEDIAN: $49,092
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$21.06 - $39.79
(Median)
$21
$30
$40
MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$29,488 - $69,786  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,037  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $5,761  
Commission
$788 - $4,800  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$39,441 - $82,015  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 508
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$21.06 - $39.79  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $60.51  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,037  
   
Commission
$788 - $4,800  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $5,761  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$39,441 - $82,015  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,000

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Aspen Dental doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $55K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $65K and scope of pay is rather limited.

Pay Difference by Location


Entry-Level Dental Hygienists will find that Seattle offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 40 percent. Entry-Level Dental Hygienists will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+21 percent), Portland (+19 percent), New York (+18 percent), and Houston (+16 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 18 percent south of the national average, can be found in Pittsburgh. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Jacksonville (10 percent lower) and Atlanta (9 percent lower).

Dental Hygienist Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Dental Hygienist in Temecula:
"Communication."
The hardest part of dental hygiene is patient communication and diagnosis. The learning curve is about two to three years.

Dental Hygienist in Beaverton:
"Don't Become Complacent."
If you continue to get raises within the first 5-6 years you will hit the ceiling for wages. Doctors typically do not like to give raises beyond a certain point. Negotiate vacation packages and 401K and other benefits to compensate. Consider that you will have a short career working full time. Working as a dental hygienist is an ergonomic nightmare. When you were warned about injuries in college it is no joke. I have been working as a hygienist for 10 years and every senior hygienist that works full time (and does a great job) has some form of work related injury. We do not get scheduled breaks. Consider working part time for career longevity. It's a great occupation, however, very hard on your body. Be proactive in continuing your education after graduation. Everything changes in the medical world. We are always advancing. It is up to us to stay abreast of the latest technology. The doctors will know if you are no longer on board and are stuck in the stone age.

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Dental Hygienist Salaries


Periodontics
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Patient Education
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National Average
$61,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 280 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 41% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 17% employee benefits None: 42%